ASSOCIATE JUSTICE FELIX FRANKFURTER - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED 09/27/1919 - HFSID 87654
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Frankfurter handwrote and signed this letter on stationery from the Law School of Harvard University to a Lewis, sending him thanks for his good wishes and adding "I wonder if you think wars are won by wishes. Show me to war, Jonny!!"
Autograph letter signed: "F F", 1 page, 5¼x8, on stationery from the Law School of Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Dated: "Sept 27". In full: "Dear Lewis You deprived me of a pleasure by having your parents at Richmond. It was a characteristic thought-fulness of you to send me your good wishes. If you know any-thing for certain in this world you know the happy selfishness of my affection for you. I wonder if you think wars are won by wishes. Show me to war, Jonny!! You should see then [illegible] geniuses here - they're worldless. All that is good begins with you!" With pencil notations in upper left corner, possibly from Lewis: "From Felix Frankfurter no acknowledgement needed l.s. 9/29/19". A renowned legal scholar, Frankfurter (1882-1965, born in Vienna, Austria) influenced Supreme Court decisions for more than 20 years (1939-1962). A former advisor to the NAACP and co-founder of the American Civil Liberties Union, Frankfurter had affirmed that any form of discrimination against Blacks violated the 15th Amendment (Lane vs. Wilson, 1939). Believing that the Court should not interfere with laws established by the people's elected officials, he upheld President Franklin D. Roosevelt's New Deal legislation. In the realm of civil liberties, Frankfurter would play a pivotal role in deciding the famous school desegregation case Brown vs. the Board of Education (1954), ensuring its historic importance by securing a unanimous decision. He dissented when the Court overturned Minersville West Virginia State Board of Education vs. Barnette (1943) and when it ruled in favor of legislative reapportionment (Baker vs. Carr, 1962), which he felt was strictly a political problem to be solved by the legislature, not the judiciary. Throughout the 1950s and 1960s, the staunch advocate of judicial self-restraint stabilized the liberal Earl Warren Court and promoted "procedural fairness" in criminal cases. Frankfurter was presented the Medal of Freedom by John F. Kennedy in 1963. Lightly toned and creased. Paper clip impressions and rust stains near upper edge. Folded twice and unfolded. Otherwise, fine condition.
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